Whispering Waters Bed and Breakfast Retreat

2020 Sarns Rd. , Traverse City, MI 49686 USA (Show map)


42 acres on the Boardman River, one of the northwest lower peninsulas' finest wilderness rivers. Newly refurbished house, riverside cabin and Springhouse suite. Springwater stream serenades guests in a retreat atmosphere. Very private countryside setting near Traverse City. Walking, biking and quiet snow sport trails available outside the door. Hot tub, sauna, massage, flyfishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking. Perfect setting for group retreats.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Anniversary stay

4.8 on July 18, 2016

My husband & I just celebrated our 17th year anniversary at Wispering Waters B&B. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and delicately maintained the property was. We loved the beauty & sound of the river and stream. Such a peaceful serene environment. We had supper by the river. It was so relaxing. We stayed at the main house. Our room was beautiful. The service was wonderful. The owner was very welcoming and took time to talk with us. He even fixed us a wonderful vegan breakfast. Outstanding place. We can't wait to go back.

Lucky to find this place

5 on October 07, 2013

My wife and I truly were lucky to find this wonderful place. We could not have asked for a better experience. We enjoyed a quiet early morning hike on the trails through the woods where we saw beautiful scenery including about 8 white tail deer running through the trees. This place was a perfect peaceful place to relax and get back in touch with each other and nature. Brian was a great host and excellent cook for our breakfast. We both want to go back again soon. Oh, and we highly recommend the massage. Very relaxing!

An escape in the wilderness

4.0 on September 27, 2013

Its a quiet place surrounded by wilderness. A great place to relax and escape from the real world. It is a little farther out from Traverse City but only 15 minutes away. Brian was super friendly and a good cook.

A restful wonderful experience

4.2 on August 25, 2012

I just returned from a 2 night stay at Whispering Waters (August 22,23 - 2012) and loved every minute of the experience. Be forewarned that GPS brings you to a shack just .5 miles before you actually get to the Whispering Waters property. Do not panic, just ride .5 miles south down the one lane unpaved road and you will find it. We stayed in the cabin - a lovely, clean though simple accommodation - very private, with a wonderful porch facing the river. We could walk a few yards and actually sit right at the river. We could see the stars from the loft bedroom with skylights. The living room was big enough and very comfortable. The bathroom with shower was small but just fine. The experience was outstanding. We strolled around the property, visiting the horse and 2 alpacas, taking the nature trail, and just sitting along the river. Brian made delicious breakfasts (lots of fruit, great coffee, blueberry pancakes one morning, french toast the other). I highly recommend this b&b and hope to return someday.

fantastic B&B

4.2 on September 11, 2010

we stayed for two nights and wished we could have stayed longer, rooms were spotless, Brian the host was great, the setting was second to none

Amazing Get-Away!

5 on July 08, 2009

We discovered this magical retreat online, and have been returning for years. It's away from the hustle-bustle of town, but within easy driving distance. This is a beautifully decorated B&B, with an amazing meditation room that features a high-beamed ceiling and a wall of windows. The rooms are comfortable and quiet, and when you open the window, you can hear the sound of the bubbling creek... it's so peaceful! The woods around the premises are delightful too. Besides that, Brian makes a delicious breakfast, and he'll accommodate your dietary preferences. The warmth and friendliness of the people, as well as the comfortable rooms and unique setting make this an unforgettable spot. I'd HIGHLY recommend it!

First visit to whispering waters

4.0 on February 18, 2009

My husband and I stayed in the cabin at whispering waters and were delighted with the accommodations. The facilities were beautiful and the property was inspiring. We are anxious to return and share the experience with friends.

Fantastic Weekend

5 on July 16, 2007

We stayed here during the Cherry Festival. The property is beautiful ! We stayed in the Spring House Suite. The pictures on the website don't do it justice. Our inn keeper Brian was a great host and cook ! The property is only 7 mi outside the downtown area. It was very quiet, peaceful and private. We look forward to our next stay. We wish we could've stayed longer.

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Location Type

Wetlands, Forest, Riverside, Countryside


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 8 miles

Directions to property:

At the junction of US 31 S. and M 37 (Chums Corner), turn east on Beitner Rd. 1.5 miles on Beitner to River Rd. Right on River Rd 1.3 miles to Whispering Waters Sign on South (right) side of road. Drive slowly 3/4 mile on private drive to the end of the road, (across the bridge over the Boardman River) and up to the main house. Alternatively, south out Keystone Rd. from Traverse City to River Rd. East on River to Whispering Waters sign.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, hot air balloning, horse trails, dunes, tall ship sailing, festivals, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Spa

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Radio, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , massage room, sauna

Room amenities

Alarm clock

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, skating, nature watching, mushrooming, flyfishing, river tubing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outdoors
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited separate rooms only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Facilities for horses, dogs allowed only restrained out of doors
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: minimum 2 nights in the Cabin and Spring House and seasonal weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: equal to one nights stay
  • Cancellations: Deposit equal to one nights stay. $20.00 cancellation fee No refund within 10 days (May refund with reselling of room)
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Mark and Julie, Brian

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dogs , horses and barn cats

About the innkeepers

We run personal growth workshops and encourage personal and group retreats. On site activities include bird watching, mushrooming, hiking, nature observation, canoeing, tubing, tree climbing, fly-fishing, snow-shoeing, skiing, skating

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  • Time Served: 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: outdoors deck with covered glider, patio, Breakfast/dining area

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